2014-15 Football
Dr. Brian Johnston, Ph.D., ATC
Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Experience
Carl Torbush
Head Coach
Gary Downs
Running Backs
Erik Losey
Offensive Line
Mike O'Cain
Offensive Coordinator
Mike Rader, Ed.D.
Wide Receivers//Recruiting Coordinator
Teddy Gaines
Antonio Goss
Outside Linebackers/Special Teams
Chris Grimes
Billy Taylor
Defensive Coordinator//Recruiting Coordinator
Lee Morrow
Director of Football Operations
Allan Johnson
Strength and Conditioning
Dr. Brian Johnston, Ph.D., ATC
Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine
Andrew Sims
Graduate Assistant - Operations
Ben Ezell
Graduate Assistant - Football Operations
Kevin Shipley
Tight Ends/Fullbacks
David Roop
Video Coordinator
Full Roster
Chris Grimes

Chris Grimes


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Chris Grimes, who enters his first season on the ETSU football coaching staff, will be in charge of working with the Buccaneer safeties. 

Grimes spent the 2014 season as defensive coordinator at Lavergne High School under head coach Stanton Stevens, after spending the previous four years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Tennessee Tech. Grimes worked alongside Billy Taylor – ETSU’s current defensive coordinator – for four seasons in Cookeville. 

During his time at Tennessee Tech, Grimes worked with all phases of its defense, primarily coaching safeties and nickels. In 2011, the Golden Eagles earned a share of the Ohio Valley Conference Championship after finishing 6-2 in league play. 

At Levergne, Grimes helped guide the Wolverines to the 6A Playoffs for the first time in eight years, while the defense went from allowing over 40 points per game in 2013 to 20 points per game in his first season as coordinator. In addition, Grimes’ defense forced 37 turnovers. 

Grimes played cornerback at Tennessee Tech from 2003-07, and appeared in 39 games while making 25 starts. The Golden Eagle recorded 158 total tackles, including 101 unassisted tackles from his cornerback spot. In addition, Grimes recovered seven fumbles during his career, caused two fumbles and broke up 16 passes. He had three career interceptions and finished with eight tackles-for-loss. 

After graduating with a degree in multidisciplinary studies from Tennessee Tech, Grimes spent the 2008 season as a student assistant working with Taylor, coaching the inside linebackers. From there, Grimes served as an assistant coach at LaVergne High School in 2009, under head coach Will Hester. In that position, he coached the defensive backs and special teams.